Office of the Provost

Conflict of Interest - Employees

University Policy 07-05-03, Conflict of Interest for University of Pittsburgh Employees, is applicable to all University employees. Below are some of the provisions of this policy.

Withdrawal from Decisions

Employees shall not exercise University decision-making authority or exert influence concerning any organization or transaction in which they or a family member have a personal interest.

Misuse of Information

No employee of the University shall, for personal gain or for the gain of others, use any information not available to the public that was obtained as a result of service to the University. No employee shall personally exploit any business opportunity in which the employee knows or reasonably should know the University is or would be interested, unless the University first consents thereto in writing.

Gifts and Favors

No employee shall solicit or accept for personal use, or for the use of others, any gift, favor, loan, gratuity, reward, promise of future employment or any other thing of monetary value that might influence or appear to influence the judgment or conduct of the employee vis-a-vis University business. Employees may accept occasional unsolicited courtesy gifts or favors (such as business lunches, tickets to baseball games or Christmas baskets) provided that the gifts or favors have a market value under $200, are customary in the industry, and will not influence or appear to influence the judgment or conduct of the employee vis-a-vis University business. An employee may be exempted from the restrictions in this paragraph by his/her supervisor as to a specified gift or favor. The exemption shall be in writing with a statement of the basis therefore. Individual administrative units within the University may impose further restrictions on gifts or favors for employees within the unit.

Reporting Suspected Violations

An allegation of violations of this policy and the basis for the allegation shall be communicated, confidentially and preferably (but not necessarily) in writing, to an administrator in the supervisory line of the alleged violator or, if that would be problematic, to the Internal Audit Department or the Office of General Counsel. Measures shall be taken to ensure that no adverse action is taken, either directly or indirectly, against a complainant who makes allegations in good faith.

For additional information, refer to University Policy 07-05-03, Conflict of Interest for University of Pittsburgh Employees, and University Policy 05-02-02, Conflict of Interest and Procurement Relationships.